Art on the Avenue brings art and music to Melbourne Avenue

September 16 – Art on the Avenue returns from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, resuming its original home on Melbourne Avenue near Logan’s Landing.

The event will feature artists and vendors, live music and food and is sponsored by the Cass County Arts Alliance (CCAA).

Art on the Avenue has moved to different locations over the past few years due to road construction and COVID.

Lorien Stair-Spicer, CCAA Secretary and Co-Chair of the event alongside Michael Cavins, CCAA President, is thrilled to be home and for people to see what’s on offer from local and regional artists .

“It’s an event where we feature artists and artisans from the surrounding communities as well as musicians to give them a place to showcase their talents and hopefully sell work,” she said.

Artists in attendance include Sandra Villafana Designs, Jet Artwork Collection, Back’s Panacea Farm, Meraki Art Studios, The Carpenter Bee Woodworks, Mead & Pine Custom Designs, Saws-N-Stiches, Kazzam’s Records, Baker’s Trading Post and Elaine Marie Designs.

Logan’s Landing, Junior Civic Theater and Civic Players of Logansport will be on hand to offer pork chop sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and popsicles.

Melski’s Physical Graffiti will also have a tattoo artist on hand, a first for Art on the Avenue, Stair-Spicer estimated.

There will also be a children’s corner and craft opportunities for children and adults.

A painting class with Oscar Teloza will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. The course is free but places are limited.

Musical performances include Alec Swank (main stage, 11 a.m.), Junior Civic Theater (musical marquee, 12 p.m.), Brad Long (musical marquee, 1 p.m.), Three Old Guys (main stage, 2 p.m.), Dustin Beasley (musical marquee, musical, 2:30 p.m.) and Jay Pritchard (musical marquee, 4 p.m.).

Stair-Spicer called this year’s event a year of rebuilding as new faces join the CCAA and bring new ideas to the table. It’s always an opportunity to give back to the community, she said.

“This is one of the events where we can do a little more for the community,” Stair-Spicer said. “The art on the avenue allows us to spread our wings a bit and show people that we have painters, we have carpenters, we have people who make pottery. We have a tattoo artist who goes down there- down.”

She encouraged local artists likely to attend the event to contact the CCAA and ask questions about Cass County arts or how to get involved.

She also hopes guests and attendees will respond with feedback on this year’s event.

“As an organization, we look forward to public and vendor feedback, whether good or bad,” she said. “We want to know so that next year, coming into next year, is a better event. We want to keep the momentum and the movement going, so we’re constantly building.”

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